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Alex Brundle previews Snetterton F2 test

Tuesday, March 29 2011

The final pre-season F2 test session takes place at Snetterton tomorrow on the brand new 300 configuration. Fastest in the last test at Silverstone, Kings Lynn-based F2 returnee Alex Brundle recently cut the ribbon to officially open the circuit earlier this month. Formulatwo.com asked him if he is looking forward to the test:

Alex, you had a very brief introduction to the new Snetterton 300 circuit a couple of weeks ago, sampling a lap in a BMW X5. How much are you looking forward to driving the circuit at a much higher speed in an F2 car?

"I am really looking forward to it, the new layout looks great on paper and the lay of the land complements it nicely. There are some corners in the new sections which will be thrilling in an F2 car as well as the old favourites, which are technical and fast."

You were fast in every session at Silverstone, is that something you can keep up at Snetterton?

"I will do my homework and prepare well. All I can do is leave nothing on the table. I am open-minded though, if someone finds a trick, then I'll just look through the data, find it and take the advantage back. I learnt a fair bit about the car at Silverstone and I will be testing these things again at Snetterton. Hopefully at least some of the work we do we can apply later in the year."

Snetterton is your local circuit; do you feel you will have any sort of advantage in testing?

"It was my local circuit, but now that it's been altered everyone is in the same boat. Actually I think it's good practice for turning up to circuits that no one knows, like the Red Bull Ring later in the year. I will try to be fast from the outset to get used to getting in the car and getting on the pace straight away, which is quite important with limited testing."

Is there anywhere on the new circuit that you feel will be key to getting a good lap time?

"Not really - time is equal all the way around the lap. I find concentrating on the tricky bits sometimes leads to neglecting the 'easy' bits, attention to detail in every section is important."

This is obviously the last test before the first round of the season. What is your objective at Snetterton - will you be going for outright pace or will you be focusing more on set up and consistency?

"Both would be nice, but I'm not going to be fretting if I am not P1 in the final session. An understanding of the tools available to me in and out of the car would be a good objective. Having said that, there is no reason why I shouldn't be at the head of the field again."

Testing at Snetterton commences at 9am UK time tomorrow (Wednesday 30 March). To follow all the latest news and live timings, visit www.formulatwo.com.